Russell Brand (left) and Britney – not to mention the elephant in the room!
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08/08/2008 AT 02:00 PM EDT
She's (almost) back!
A year after her embarrassing
performance at the Video Music Awards
, Britney Spears
returned to the MTV stage this week to tape a promotional video for this year's ceremony.
"Britney looked really good," says a source. "It was improvisational questions and answers with [host] Russell Brand just like [other promo guest stars] LL Cool J and Pete Wentz did. Russell joked about there being sexual tension, and Britney shot back, 'I don't feel the tension'. The other joke was about no one knowing who Russell was so she called him by the wrong name. LL called him Russell Bland and Britney called him Russell Brown."
The shoot also included a 9,000 pound elephant. Says the source, "The joke of the whole thing is 'there is an elephant in the room'."
While the network cannot confirm whether Spears will appear on the show airing on Sept. 7, Spears's promo appearance is a promising sign. The singer, who has been nominated 17 times, has yet to walk away with a win and is nominated
for two this year. She is up for best female video and best pop video.